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JULY - 2012

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

•New Window - Jeff Essery - Punch & Judy - Happy Birthday Mr. Punch!
• WE HAVE A NEW LOOK!

• NEW WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED - MARIONETTE BUILDING DEADLINE APPROACHING

Adventures In Slumberland: Frolick Theatre
GIANT CLAM PUPPET SLAM
• PUPPET PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP - Mike Petersen & Eric Woolfe
• Puppet Slam at Small Ponds
• PUPPETS UP 2012
• War Horse - Rush Tickets

• Adorably Surly

Prometheus Awakes
Rock the Arts Puppets: CD Launch
• Some interesting photos
• "The Ventriloquist" starring Kevin Spacey

• Basement Studio Available for Rent
• Perth Dupont Community Garden
• Image Foundry

• Zocalo

Open Door Designs is thrilled to have Jeff Essery's Punch & Judy show in the window. Especially as it is Punch's 350th anniversary! Thank you, Mike Harding, President of the Ontario Puppet Association for assembling the theatre and helping to create such a magical show!

Jeff Essery is a retired CBC graphic designer and life-long Puppeteer who performed Punch & Judy shows at summer festivals and parties throughout Ontario. Jeff was the president of the Ontario Puppetry Association twice, once from 1971 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1988. Elisha Perry, a working artist in Toronto for over 30 years, created the puppets that you see here.

WE HAVE A NEW LOOK!

 

Open Door Designs
has had
a makeover

Thank you Rosie for the new door, Reva for font & proofing and Peter and Catherine of Peregrine Signs for making it happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEREGRINE SIGNS
contact Catherine White@ 416 795 6470

Marionette Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct their own marionette using polymer and air-dry clays. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in making of the head and hands and feet and fundamental principles of painting will be introduced in order to bring each character to life. Each participant will also learn how to string and dress their puppet and basic marionette manipulation will also be covered.


November 09 workshop

Marionette Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
July 8, 15, 22 & 29

(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.
)

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $280 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here
email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below


Workshop Description
This one-day workshop will introduce participants to one of the traditional craft methods of mold making, which has been used for centuries to produce marionettes, hand puppets, masks etc. In this workshop, participants will learn how to take their own sculpted form, make a mold and lay it up with papier-mâché. Because of drying times participants will learn the assembly process, finishing and painting on a pre-molded form prepared by Alexander.

Papier Mâché Mold Making Workshop
DATE & TIME:

Sunday, August 12th
(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.)
10:00am - 4:00pm

LOCATION: Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $150 + HST (this includes all materials)

Click Here To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here to Download Registration Form click here

email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

NEW
WORKSHOP
TECHNIQUES OF FOAM & FUR PUPPET BUILDING

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct a "muppet" style hand puppet of their own design using techniques of foam carving and covering with fabric such as fur or fleece. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in creating the form; stitching techniques for hiding seams in a variety of coverings; modelling and painting features such as noses, eyes, etc.


foamandfurslideshow

Techniques of Foam & Fur Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
September 9, 16, 23, 30 2012
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People over the age of 12
COST: $280 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here
email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

Tabletop Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct a tabletop puppet using polymer and air-dry clays. As in the marionette workshop, concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form and the fundamentals of painting will be taught in order to bring each character to life. Puppet dressing and basic manipulation will also be covered.

Tabletop Puppet Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 2012
- (If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.)

LOCATION: Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8
AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $280 + HST(this includes all materials)

Click Here To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here to Download Registration Form click here

email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

Adventures In Slumberland
Presented by:
Frolick Theatre


Starts: July 1, 2012
Ends: August 26, 2012

Event Time(s):
July 1 - August 26, four 30 minute shows at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00, Wed - Sunday

Website: www.frolick.ca
Email: frolick.presents@gmail.com
Phone: 647-454-7333
Cost Information: $10 online, PWYC Rush Seating
www.facebook.com/frolickpresents

Frolick Theatre presents Adventures in Slumberland at the Lagoon Theatre on Toronto Island. Adapted from Winsor McCay’s 1905 comic strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland”, these four _ hour performances feature original circus-inspired puppetry, masks, and music, and will be presented at the Lagoon Theatre near the Centre Island ferry landing. The comics and the productions follow the trials of the child Nemo as he navigates his way through a fantasy world called Slumberland in adventures reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland. Tickets are available online at www.frolick.ca Rush seating PWYC. Four shows daily, Wednesday – Sunday at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. More shows may be added.


GIANT CLAM PUPPET SLAM

Saturday, June 30, 2012
8:00pm

artscape Gibraltar Point
This is an all adult variety puppet show.
Hosted by Jon McCurley!!!
In the Artscape building fireplace room

With Performances by:
The Dollywagglers (flying in from Connecticut)
The Left hand of Frank
Still Boys
Henri Fabergé's Heligoland Follies
"Bust" Marcus Jamin & Daniel Briere
Steve Kado
Frolick Presents Adventures in Slumberland
Kathleen Phillips
Maybe even Marty Stelnick!

This puppet slam will be part of the New Traditions: Island Music and Arts Festival. This independent artist-run and family friendly festival will feature 12 straight hours of live music, site-specific outdoor art installations, performances, folk dance workshops and feasts of fresh food. It starts at noon and cost $20 becaUse there is so much to do alll day.
https://www.facebook.com/events/300451956703610

PUPPET PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
at Theatre Direct
August 4 at 1:30pm until August 5 at 4:30pm

A two days workshop lead by Mike Petersen (The Mighty Jungle, As You Puppet) and Eric Woolfe (Madhouse Variations, The Lion King).
Participants will be given tools and techniques to improve the performances of puppet characters, helping puppets act better! Topics will include Puppet Acting 101, Key Frame Theory, working with text, working with multiple operators, and externalizing puppet thoughts. Styles of puppetry will include table top, glove, articulate mouth, modified bunraku, and the ancient art of Stuffed Animal Manipulation.

Participants are asked to bring a stuffed animal and a short piece of memorized text. Other puppets will be provided.
The workshop will occur Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th, at the Theatre Direct rehearsal studio in Wychwood Barns. Sessions will be three hours each, beginning at 2pm.
Enrolment limited to 15 students. Cost to attend $150 for the full program.
Spots will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.
For further information please email eric@eldr
itchtheatre.ca

NEW! WAR HORSE RUSH SEATS!
Front row orchestra RUSH seats can be purchased on the day of the performance, by phone through TicketKing (416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333) and in-person at the Princess of Wales Theatre box office. Limit of 2 tickets per person. Tickets are $29 each and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Please note that the hours of operations vary by phone and box office, and rush ticket sales will begin at the following times:
Monday - Tuesday, 9:00am by phone and 12:00pm at the box office
Wednesday, 9:00am by phone and 11:00am at the box office
Thursday - Friday, 9:00am by phone and 12:00pm at the box office
Saturday, 10:00am by phone and 11:00am at the box office
Sunday, 11:00am at the box office and 12:00pm by phone
Rush seats may be sold out by phone prior to the box office opening hours (and vice versa) as there is a limit of 22 seats per performance, subject to availability. ID will be required at the box office to pick up rush seats purchased by phone.

CANCELLED

 

Puppet Slam Weekend at Small Pond Arts, July 13–15

A weekend for puppeteers to show new work and to connect
and collaborate with other puppet peoplein a mind-blowingly beautiful country setting in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Camping: $90; Indoor Accommodation: $120 or $200/couple. All meals included.
Register by July 1st
contact krista@smallpondarts.ca and send a cheque for the full amount to:
Small Pond Arts, 337 Clarke Road, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
www.smallpondarts.ca

PUPPETS UP 2012
August 11 & 12 - Almonte, Ontario
OPEN DOOR DESIGNS WILL BE THERE!
You may think you saw a puppet sawn in half! You could be hoodwinked by a card shark puppet! You might even see a puppet rabbit pulled out of a hat! - you just never know what could happen at the Puppets Up! International Festival because, well, It's Magic! This year, as the festival celebrates its 8th season, It's Magic! is the theme and there will be plenty of surprises, slights of hand and mysterious goings on in the streets of Almonte, the quirky little community with a thing for puppets, right at the heart of the Town of Mississippi Mills.

Once again Puppets Up! presents a two-day festival of wonder and amazement as ten professional puppet troupes perform in our family-friendly tented theatres on August 11 and 12. We've got street entertainment galore, along with our fantabulous daily parade of puppets!
How does a little town like Almonte manage to attract some of the best puppet troupes from around the world? Shhhh. It's Magic!


The New England Puppet Intensive

is a 10 Day vigorous training program in the creative art of puppetry and animated object performance presented by members of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop.
Instruction and exercises will focus on physical awareness, character development, ensemble building & puppet design. In addition, participants will work toward the development of original material where their ideas and creations will take flight in front of an audience presented at the end of the workshop at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
The New England Puppet Intensive is open to puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, designers, teachers, visual artists, writers, and anyone with a willing spirit.
Faculty: Peter Balkwill and David Lane (The Old Trout Puppet Workshop), and Nan Balkwill
Dates: August 3 - 13, 2012
Please visit: http://www.newenglandpuppet.org/
for more information
http://www.puppetsinprague.eu/instructions/costume.html
March 14 at 4:00pm until April 10 at 5:00pm

Prometheus Awakes' was premiered on Friday 22nd June during the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. One of the first of 12,000 performances of the London 2012 Festival 'Prometheus Awakes' was surely one of the most spectacular.

The London 2012 Festival is the culmination of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad that provides an artistic complement to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Presented by London's Graeae Theatre Company and Catalan La Fura dels Baus thousands of spectators stood transfixed as the giant figure of Prometheus stalked the lawns of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Thank you Michael Achtman for the photo.

Rock the Arts Puppets in collaboration with First Fret Music School are releasing their highly anticipated CD " Welcome to Creatureville"

Now you can take the Rock the Arts Puppets home with you and listen to their stories and songs in the car, kitchen or even the bathtub

"Welcome to Creatureville" is a CD filled with stories and songs that will make you sing, laugh and enjoy the little things in life!
For more information or to buy a CD email rockinthearts@gmail.com or check out the Rock the Arts Puppets Facebook Page.

Title:
Manager of the Marionette Theater, New York
Creator(s):
Bain News Service, publisher
Date Created/Published:
[no date recorded]
Notes:
Forms part of:
George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).
Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Sock Puppets $25 and Hand puppets $300.00 by Adorably Surly

BASEMENT STUDIO
AVAILABLE
FOR RENT

The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

Rates:
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.

more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290

Perth Dupont Community Garden
Started just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor Adam Giambrone, it has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, our garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills. READ MORE
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Material Donations Needed
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
AT EVANGELINE


Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters

RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

Image Foundry specializes in edition printing, custom art reproduction projects, and high-end photo-retouching work.

1581 Dupont Street,
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S5

Contact:
www.imagefoundry.ca
phone: 416-477-5652

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